WELCOME TO DON CAMPBELL MUSIC
Summer Calendar Updated - See you around New England for a great show season!
Details on the Schedule page!
Pleased to announce that I'll be continuing my role as a spokesperson for Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution in 2018! I've been a very happy customer and am proud to share the experience through this great partnership!
THANK YOU VETERANS.
Don appeared on WCSH6 and WLBZ2 on the show 207 recently with hosts, Rob Caldwell and Caroline Cornish, to discuss his Veterans Appreciation concerts and to perform his original songs,
The Navy Gardener and Veterans Day.
New Merchandise in Store!
The original CD, "The Dust Never Settles" is a new fan favorite! Visit the website store. You can hear a song from the new CD, "Honeymoon Strong" in the Music section of the site. The CD is on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many other digital music retailers too!
August 31, 2013 - The six piece ensemble had the pleasure of being the featured artist at the 4th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend in Dan's hometown of Peoria, IL. If you'd like to view the concert in its entirety, it's available HERE. Thank you to the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria for the warm welcome and opportunity.
Thanks to our fantastic friends and fans in Northern New England, "Kites To Fly: Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg" was the 3rd best selling local CD at Bull Moose stores in the year 2012...and it was only on sale for the last seven weeks of the year! Thanks for the huge support!
Review of Kites To Fly:
Don Campbell offers loving tribute to Dan Fogelberg on double set Kites To Fly By Bill Copeland on March 31, 2013
Don Campbell has named his double disc album tribute to Dan Fogelberg Kites To Fly Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg. Campbell has said that these treasured songs were like kites he had to fly, things to be put up there and given space to breathe and fly. Kites To Fly allows the Maine singer-songwriter to soar artistically on his personal renditions of Fogelberg classics.
To read the Review, Click HERE.
KITES TO FLY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF DAN FOGELBERG!
Dear Friends, We are very proud of Don's double CD, Kites To Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg! To learn more and/or to place your order, please see the special section of our website STORE. To sample all of the songs, download the entire album or individual songs, please visit our MUSIC page or CD Baby. Or find us on iTunes! Local fans can find Kites To Fly at all Maine & NH Bull Moose stores! THANK YOU FOR HELPING US DEBUT AT #1 AT BULL MOOSE and remain at #1 on the local music chart for the first SIX weeks of release!
"This latest work is absolutely magnificent and monumental. I can hear your love for Dan and his music in every single beautifully-formed note... I have listened to many a tribute recording — some of them wonderfully done. But I think that nothing I have heard matches this one."
- Hugh B.
Nov. 29, 2012 - CD Review: Fogelberg tribute not just a poor attempt to imitate the man
Don Campbell gives a nod to just about every phase of the late artist's career. Brilliant.
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Don Campbell is an adult contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer-songwriter whose uniquely clear and well-delivered presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Often compared to the sounds of Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, and Chris Isaak, Don and his ensembles are based out of New England.
Photo: Tim Frechette
Q&A with the Independent Music Awards
12th Annual Independent Music Awards
Q&A with Tribute Album of the Year Nominee, Don Campbell
Home Base: Portland, Maine
Genre: Folk-rock/pop/country crossover
Category Entered: Tribute Album
Work Submitted: Album: Kites To Fly: Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg
Label: Playbutton Records
Who are your influences?:
I grew up in a musical family. Dad played fiddle, my Mom plays piano. Every weekend around the house you’d hear acoustic guitar, piano, fiddles banjos, harmonicas etc. I was very much inspired by the seventies and eighties singer/songwriters; Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, Jonathan Edwards, David Gates (of Bread), James Taylor and the like. I’m also a big Bluegrass fan.
Describe your nominated work:
I wanted to pay homage to my favorite Singer/Songwriter - Dan Fogelberg. Sadly, Dan passed away in 2007 at the young age of 56 from Prostate Cancer. He inspired me to become a songwriter . I’ve always considered myself a “student” - if you will, of his work. Dan wrote what he felt and never seemed governed by parameters. From writing classical music arrangements to acoustic folk, to electric guitar driven rock tunes, to bluegrass, Dan did it all. I decided a few years ago that I’d like to pay him back for some of the gifts he unknowingly gave to me - by making a recording of some my Fogelberg favorites. I didn’t set out to record a double CD of my favorite Fogelberg songs, but as I got into the project, it was hard to stop. This collection features 23 of my favorite songs from Dan’s catalog - from across his career, representing 11 different albums. We are donating a portion of sales to three organizations in his honor: The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund and the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?:
Yes. On Dan’s song “The Reach” - a depiction of life on the Maine Coastline, I recorded a ship’s bell. I added the appropriate amount of reverb which created a distance effect - basically, the bell sounds as if you can hear it in the distance - through the fog.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?:
Tom Yoder, the violinist on the project, played a few risky notes at the end of the song “Run for The Roses”. At first we were like, was that note crazy or did it really sound great? After playing the take back, we were quite happy with the outcome! Moments like that in the studio are always fun.
How did you raise the funds for this project?:
We used a combination of strategies and sources including advance sales of the project and monies earned from gigging and other music sources.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?:
I am proud to be an independent artist and I like the integrity, style and people involved with the IMAs program.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?:
Performing Full-Time, doing what I love to do is how I measure success. That’s what i’m doing now.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?:
By sharing the success of this Nomination with potential Talent Buyers who might purchase an evening of one of our concerts.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?:
People I respect and never take for granted. Folks who’ve paid good money to be entertained by well-rehearsed musicians. People who enjoy going for a musical ride with the performers.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?:
Joking around with bandmates can make the miles go by a lot faster!
Following a gig in Bar Harbor, Maine last summer, my bandmates and I were on the way back to Portland when a moose crossed our path...at 65 miles per hour. Fortunately, we were fine...our trusty van took the hit but the five us of us were able to walk off shaking glass...the moose was killed instantly. The silver lining was that the game wardens had the moose professionally handled after-the-fact and the meat was used in a local homeless shelter.
Who are your musical heroes & influences?:
I mentioned a few above, but there are many others including Vince Gill, Chris Isaak, the late Brad Delp and Nat king Cole.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?:
I wish I wrote “Happy Birthday” because it’s a very happy song and people sing it every day.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?:
I’m presently doing some woodworking projects and I enjoy listening to orchestral classical music while doing that.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?:
I like to do both. I buy a lot of music on iTunes, I still buy physical CDs and I also stream a lot.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?:
I believe that Musicians need to keep evolving with how they make their living. Some are happy busking and selling CD’s where they can. I sell most of my CD’s at live shows. Staying as busy as one can is important. Building a following is really critical. Collecting addresses and email addresses and informing folks about upcoming shows is key. Alway perform for the audience, not at them.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?:
I think that many people aren’t really aware of the costs of recording, mixing, mastering, designing artwork and CD manufacturing. I think some fans would be quite shocked as to how much time and resources are involved from concept to creation.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?:
I am a fan of full albums, and I will continue to release them, but I know that people enjoy options and some people prefer to consume songs one at a time.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…
Evolving, and made up of different entities and different classes.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?:
I have a brand new original music CD coming out in a few months. Very excited about it. We have a very busy touring calendar that includes our own music shows as well as an “Evening of Dan Fogelberg Music” show. We were recently asked to perform as featured artists at the 4th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend in Dan’s hometown of Peoria, IL over Labor Day weekend, and we are extremely honored.